Funny what gets my mind to going and where it goes.
Yesterday, I was reading the Governor’s piece on Breitbart. Gosh, I hate reading about that creep McGinniss even when it is the Governor writing it, but I muddled through. The more McGinniss is proven to be the dishonest creep he is, the more his
book character assassination of the Governor is proven to be a pile of dung. But that is not where my mind wandered off to.
A statement the Governor referenced in her piece made me chuckle, and then mind wandering began…….
Morris describes how false narratives can become a sort of prison. He opens by reminding us of the story of “The Count of Monte Cristo” – the novel about an innocent man who escapes from the seemingly inescapable island prison he was sent to. Morris writes that today we have an even worse prison than that fictional one – only ours is “built out of newsprint and media. A prison of beliefs. You can escape from prison, but how do you escape from a convincing story? After enough repetitions, the facts come to serve the story and not the other way around. Like kudzu, suddenly the story is everywhere and impenetrable.”
An Alaskan fully grasping figurative language using kudzu? Now that is just funny to me!
Kudzu is an insane species from the pea family originally from Japan. It was brought to the United States to help with soil erosion and has about taken over the Southeastern United States causing all sorts of trouble. Now it is a joke in the south, because, when you want to cry it helps to laugh instead.
All this was rolling around in my head…….Alaska, Governor Palin, Kudzu, McGinniss, the South, something being taken over by what seems to be harmless.
There is a reason question 29 on the Redneck test is: Do you want the goats to get into the kudzu? Any good southerner would know the answer is not just YES, but HELL YES! I also thought, dang, Bean was right….the Governor is a true honorary southerner. She not only knows what kudzu is, but understands the aggressive, impenetrable qualities it possesses. Just recently, I went for a trail run along the James River in Richmond….amongst the kudzu…..
Wow, just look at that stuff. I was taken back to my childhood of being in the pea patch with my grandparents as I ran that morning through the vines. They encroached on the path severely and my ankles remained in constant contact with the plants. (Hubby was my photographer by the way.) As I ran, these vines impeded my natural stride causing me to slow down, check my balance and not be able to run up to my full potential.
As my mind remembered this run and the Governor referencing kudzu in her piece I realized……the Government is kudzu.
Government seems harmless and it is when small and within the confines of our Constitution. Government has a habit of coming into an area to fill a small need and then it grows, becomes aggressively invasive and impenetrable. It is welcomed at first then, while we are occupied with other things in life, we turn around and it has grown and worked its way into the very fabric of our community. It makes regulations regarding areas it has no intimate knowledge of, it just wants to grow thick. It wants to set rules and requirements that slow down the growth of real economic growth, it affects the stride of our small businesses growing and employing more people, it snares and entangles until the landscape of our town and even the people who live there look nothing like before.
Yes, the Government is kudzu. It has been implanted in areas of our society, grown and taken over and all we can do is let the goats get in it and chow down.
Have a great day.
Hey, the government has figured out how to do something else more expensively than the private sector!
I thought it was just my imagination. I even saw a reference to health care in Runner’s World Magazine that was totally out of place…hmmmmm…..not my imagination after all.
Might be a photo finish.
Stating the obvious.
If this guy ends up murdered, blood is on their hands.
Looky! More applicants for amnesty!
What? You don’t want to see who you are killing?
Huh? But their degree says Haarvaaaaaard.
Did you know we require school districts to re-distribute their wealth here in Texas? We have no income tax so schools are supported by property taxes. Years ago the courts ruled that was unfair to poorer property areas and we needed to re-distribute that wealth.